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Lecta to showcase its latest label innovations at Labelexpo Europe 2017

The label industry’s foremost event will take place in Brussels from September 25 to 28.​

Throughout these four days, Lecta will present and exhibit exciting new products and innovations within its extensive range of specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging. 

Metalvac, Lecta’s high-vacuum 100% recyclable metallized paper, will be presented at Labelexpo Europe in the form of a new catalogue. The sample book is made up of three folders that correspond to the brand’s three application segments : wet-glue labels, pressure-sensitive labels and tobacco and packaging. Each multi-lingual folder (in Spanish, English, French and Italian​) contains technical specifications and product samples in different colors and finishes.

2017-09-04 
Ence acquires to EDF Energies Nouvelles its biomass power plant of Lucena (Córdoba)

Ence – Energía y Celulosa has closed the purchase of EDF Energies Nouvelles’s stake in Lucena’s power generation plant (Córdoba), which has a total capacity of 27.1 MW. Ence has executed the operation through a capital and debt acquisition structure that entitles it to 90% of the company’s economic rights. After the operation, Ence increases the installed power of its energy business by 19% and reaches 170 MW of capacity.

2017-09-01 
ANDRITZ with the world’s most modern research and development center for tissue

ANDRITZ will officially open the world’s most modern research and development center for tissue, the PrimeLineTIAC Tissue Innovation and Application Center, at its Graz location in March 2018. Final test runs are currently in progress.

The research center comprises a complete, state-of-the-art tissue production line, including laboratory facilities for tests and trials to develop new products and processes in the tissue sector. It is available to tissue producers and to suppliers, research and development companies, and universities. Thus, customers and developers can conduct tests and trials under many different conditions, for example to optimize fibers and furnish for a specific product, improve product qualities, increase dryness, and reduce energy consumption. The impact of variables such as stock preparation, chemicals, vacuum, machine clothing, pressing, and drying with hot air and steam can all be measured and evaluated accurately. ANDRITZ experts from R&D and from the stock preparation, machine design and engineering, automation, and pumps departments are available for collaboration and discussions if requested, however customers can also bring along their own team of specialists.

2017-09-01 
Kolb and STOCKMEIER Chemie tighten their partnership for the distribution of nonionic surfactants in Germany.

Since October 2016, STOCKMEIER Chemie GmbH & Co. KG represents the surfactant portfolio of Kolb as its preferred partner in Germany. After 10 months of successful business development the partnership is now made official by a contract signed by both parties. The portfolio comprises products of the Kolb in Hedingen (CH) and Moerdijk (NL). This serves to further expand the existing collaboration between the two companies. “We’ve been working closely with the STOCKMEIER Group for a long time already, and we are confident that this strategic partnership will enhance our market presence and serve as a high-quality distribution channel,” says Dr. Anja Vonderhagen, Business Director of Kolb.

2017-09-01 
Commander ID 300, the new integrated drive for IMfinity® motors

Leroy-Somer has announced the launch of Commander ID300, a new integrated drive solution optimized for the control of IMfinity® induction motors.

Created through a combination of Leroy-Somer’s expertise in electronic variable speed control and its longstanding experience in the manufacture of proven electric motors, this decentralized system brings together performance and reliability, offering customized solutions for process, manufacturing and intralogistics applications.

With the transition to Industry 4.0 under way, production is evolving in an increasingly complex and demanding environment. As a consequence, companies require more and more quality, risk management, equipment performance and compliance to standards.

To meet these strategic challenges, Leroy-Somer has designed Commander ID300, a new integrated drive for the control of its IMfinity® induction motors from 0.25 to 7.5 kW. A decentralized system, the motor and drive assembly offer strong dynamic performance and outstanding efficiency levels.

2017-08-31 
VForm: Maximum flexibility for Fourdrinier paper machines and hybrid formers

By individually setting the height and angle, VForm makes it possible to precisely adjust the activity of the pulp suspension. This increases the dewatering capacity and improves e.g. the strength of the paper. The optional integration in ComCore makes VForm a Papermaking 4.0 solution.

With the new VForm hydrofoils from Voith, papermakers can decisively improve the quality of all grades of paper already in the wire section. Unlike conventional dewatering systems the VForm allows the height and angle to be set for each individual hydrofoil. This increases the activity in the fiber suspension, which in turn leads also to a significant increase in the dewatering capacity.

Every VForm hydrofoil can be adjusted by up to five millimeters in height and up to seven degrees in the angle. This adjustment can be made manually. But in order to obtain a consistently high paper quality, the positioning of the hydrofoils needs to be adapted to the paper grade. For this reason, it makes sense to install an electric control system. The VForm foils can be adjusted for the specific grade using the Voith automation platform ComCore. Moreover, this also makes it possible to react to process fluctuations. The VForm is therefore another production solution from Voith that makes Papermaking 4.0 a reality – that is, the digitalization of paper production.

2017-08-31 
ENERGY SAVINGS and MACHINE SPEED INCREASE in CARTIERA DI MOMO (Italy): goals achieved with UniDryer® V3 and Air Bars Systems after coating stations

Cartiera di Momo produces recycled coated paperboard. Market demand for increased quantity and higher quality drove Cartiera di Momo to decide in late 2015 to replace the existing 30 years old Bekaert Solaronics infrared systems with the goals of increasing the machine speed, reducing the gas consumption as well as improving the quality.

Bekaert Solaronics supplied four gas infrared systems UniDryer® V3 followed by sets of air bars after each of the four coating stations. The Energy Recovery Concept was again applied to this project with the air bars sets directly fed by the exhaust hot air coming from the UniDryer® V3 systems. This concept allows even more energy savings ! The start-up took place in August 2016.

2017-08-31 
SAICA improves customer service with Pesmel automated roll warehouse

Pesmel will supply world largest to be paper mill rack type automated roll warehouse (ARW) to SAICA Paper’s El Burgo de Ebro mill located near Zaragoza in Spain. This mill produces with three paper machines board grades 1,300,000 tons annually. The new ARW will also store and distribute rolls from SAICA Zaragoza mill.

This TransRoll storage will be erected right after the PM’s in two phases middle of ongoing mill production. Existing manual clamp truck operated warehouses will be torn down to make space for the new automated TransRoll storage, a temporary storage will be erected adjacent to the existing warehouse, in order to maintain the storage capacity during the construction period. Phase 1 production start-up will be Q1/2019, and Phase 2 is planned to follow after that. Total storing volume after both phases has been commissioned will be 70,000 tons.

“The need for automated storage concepts in paper mills, both as intermediate roll storages between different production stages and as shipping distribution centers, is growing strongly. Simple reason for this is the industry’s shift from bulk production to more diversified production, and the need to respond to customer orders within days instead of weeks. Pesmel’s Material Flow concept offers perfect tool for this strategic change” says Kaj Fahllund, Vice President of Pesmel’s paper business.

2017-08-31 
ABB launches image-based online system for monitoring fiber properties to help control pulp mixture quality

ABB has launched L&W Fiber Online – a reliable, repeatable and cost-effective online system for measuring, monitoring and controlling significant fiber quality variables in paper stock preparation and pulp production. This helps pulp and paper customers to save production costs by optimizing fiber usage, as well as reducing energy consumption through elimination of over-refining, and to improve quality by generating uniform pulp furnish for the paper, board or tissue machine.
Compared with traditional indirect measurements such as Canadian Standard Freeness (CSF) and Schopper-Riegler (SR), the measurements based on fiber images provided by L&W Fiber Online provide a more detailed and accurate information on the status of pulp quality. Fiber properties are categorized and presented as mean values and statistical distributions of width, length, shape factor, two classes of fines (P and S) and macro fibrillation.

2017-08-31 
Viscose Speciality Fibres from Kelheim – an answer to a global problem?

Marine Litter is a global problem which is attracting more and more public attention : Plastic waste is not only ugly and a danger to flora and fauna – vast amounts of small plastic particles are floating in our oceans and are able to enter our food chain without being detected.
Kelheim Fibres, the world’s leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres, presents a new concept that can help to prevent at least a part of this pollution in the first place by substituting conventional wet wipes, which usually contain a significant share of synthetic fibres, by wet wipes made with Kelheim’s viscose speciality short cut fibre Viloft® and cellulose.
Both raw materials are plant-based and therefore completely bio-degradable.
With moist toilet tissue in particular, disposal via the toilet is clearly the obvious solution – but in contrast to conventional wipes containing polyester, wipes made of Viloft® short cut fibres can be flushed without concern, as the fibres have two plus points : there is neither a reason to fear an entry of plastic particles into the oceans nor the blockage of private or municipal sewage systems. Wipes made of Viloft® short cut fibres disintegrate in the sewage systems to small particles that do not harm this infrastructure.
At the 56th International Man-made Fibers Congress at Dornbirn, Austria, Business Manager Horst Wörner will speak about Kelheim’s contribution to the reduction of marine litter.
His colleagues Dr. Nina Köhne and Dr. Roland Scholz will present further innovations of the Bavarian fibre specialist.
Dr. Köhne will present the result of a joint research project with Resorba : based on the bio-polymers cellulose and collagen, the scientists created a multifunctional wound dressing, that is significantly superior to reference products as a result of its pH-indication and its gel-forming and wound healing properties.
Dr. Scholz will speak about carbon fibres that also can be manufactured sustainably, that is to say of the renewable raw material cellulose, by using viscose fibres as precursors,
The benefit : by modifying the viscose fibre during its production, the course of the subsequent carbonisation can be changed in specific ways. For instance, a significant increase in the yield of carbon as well as a reduction of undesirable pyrolysis by-products was achieved.
In addition to their presentations, the R&D team of the Bavarian viscose fibre manufacturer looks forward to interesting conversations at their company’s booth.

2017-08-31 
EU funding for Metsä Fibre’s long-term development projects

Metsä Fibre plays an important role in three new development partnerships that have been successful in project evaluations and thus secured multiannual funding from the EU.

The concepts of relevance to Metsä Fibre in these partnerships include new technologies to produce lignin-based products and pulp-based textile fibres, as well as the utilisation of bark as a replacement for coal in the production of heat and electricity. The recently initiated long-term development projects aim to prove the commercial viability of these concepts.

2017-08-31 
International Paper Contributes $1 Million to Assist Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The International Paper Foundation will contribute $750,000 to the American Red Cross chapters in Texas and Louisiana, and will contribute $250,000 to Feeding America. International Paper has established strategic partnerships with these organizations to provide disaster relief in communities where IP employees live and work.

The company has already produced 100,000 boxes, which will be donated to the American Red Cross and Feeding America, who will use them to deliver food, water and other critical supplies to those in need. IP employs nearly 5,000 team members throughout the two states.

"Our hearts go out to the many families impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO, International Paper. "We know these communities are resilient and hope that our contributions help accelerate relief efforts and the distribution of essential goods."

International Paper mobilizes its people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where employees live and work. The company’s community engagement efforts include financial contributions, employee volunteering and product donations focused on addressing four Signature Causes : Hunger, Education, Health & Wellness and Disaster Relief.

2017-08-31 
Update on Mondi’s machine glazed speciality kraft paper machine investment at its Steti mill

Mondi has decided to postpone its €135 million investment in a new 90,000 tonne per annum machine glazed speciality kraft paper machine at its Steti mill in the Czech Republic.

Commenting on the decision, Peter Oswald, Mondi CEO, said, “We have decided to postpone the machine glazed speciality kraft paper machine investment after a careful review of market conditions. While the proposed new machine remains an exciting investment opportunity, offering the lowest cost production of its sort in Europe, recently announced industry capacity expansions are expected to result in a market imbalance over the period in which the new machine was planned to come on line.

There is no change to our €335 million investment in modernising the mill including rebuilding the fibre lines, de-bottlenecking the existing packaging paper machines and a new recovery boiler, which is progressing as planned.”

2017-08-31 
Siemens and ISA form global partnership to foster awareness of industrial cybersecurity

As threats to automation equipment are always changing and evolving, so too is the protection concepts for industrial plants. To address this challenging landscape, Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have entered a global partnership to foster the awareness for industrial security needs and global standards.
Both parties will share expertise in protecting the automation environment based on the IEC 62443 standard and appropriate security measures in the form of events, webinars and further educational material. Together, ISA and Siemens intend to raise awareness and share best practices for industrial security with owner-operators of industrial equipment.

2017-08-30 
Pöyry manages investor partnership process that results in Spinnova and Fibria joining forces

Fibria, the leading producer of eucalyptus pulp, and Spinnova, a Finnish start-up developing wood to fabrics technology, recently announced that Fibria is to acquire 18% of Spinnova and partner in the development, production and marketing of new materials using Spinnova’s technologies. The two companies were brought together in a partnership search process managed by Pöyry. This is an example of Pöyry’s choice to work closely with the startup scene from bio to digital. Pöyry has also a long-standing relationship with Fibria through many project assignments.

Pöyry’s role in Spinnova’s partnership development assignment was to help find the right industrial partner for the company, the assignment including potential partner analysis, partner relationship development, negotiations and contractual advisory. At the end of the process, Spinnova and Fibria came together for new opportunities in technology development, testing and piloting in pre-commercial scale of new high-value products.

2017-08-30 
Håkan Larsson to become Director of Strategy for the Södra Group

Håkan Larsson, Director of Forestry and President of Södra Skog, will assume responsibility for strategic issues within the Södra Group. He will remain a member of Södra’s Group Senior Management and continue to report to the President, Lars Idermark.

“After more than four very rewarding and stimulating years as President of Södra Skog and over 20 years of engagement in this business area, I feel that I’m ready for a change. I am very happy, therefore, for this opportunity to work with Södra’s more long-term issues,” said Håkan Larsson.

“Rapid and major changes are taking place in our business environment. Increased globalisation and digitisation is changing companies’ business models. The role of forests as an active player in a more forest-based bioeconomy is subject to growing demand. Håkan Larsson is a driven and experienced person and will now be working with these strategic issues for the entire Group, which will generate major business value for Södra,” said Lars Idermark.

The change will take effect on 1 September and mean that Håkan Larsson will be stepping down from his position as President of Södra Skog. A process to recruit a successor to the Director of Forestry position will begin immediately. The Interim President of the Södra Skog business area will be Södra’s Wood Supply Manager, Olof Hansson.

2017-08-30 
Fanel Solutions : Christian Wurtz appointed Technical Sales Manager

As of September 4, Christian Wurtz will join the French company, Fanel Solutions, as Technical Sales Manager. In his previous positions, Christian Wurtz has notably been working for UPM Group as Project Manager and Engineering Coordinator. His task will be to actively develop Fanel Solutions’ businesses in its traditional markets, i.e. pulp, paper and non-wovens.

2017-08-30 
Valmet reshapes its internal IT services and signs a business transfer agreement with CGI

Valmet will start a reshaping of its internal Information Technology (IT) services to improve the operations’ efficiency and business focus. The set of actions to be taken include a business transfer agreement signed with CGI. Under the agreement Valmet’s internal IT Service Desk, end user support and most infrastructure services, including server management, workstation management and end user computing, will be moved from Valmet and their current partners to CGI.

The transfer agreement concerns 58 current Valmet IT employees globally, who will be offered to transfer to CGI or its partner with similar terms. The transfer is targeted to become effective on October 1 and the full transfer project is to be closed by the end of March 2018.

2017-08-30 
JSC Volga together with BASF continues the experiment in the improved newsprint production

To extend the product line the Mill’s specialists conducted experimental-industrial trials of the Improved Newsprint.

 The tests took place from the 28th of June till the 10th of July this year where the workers of the TMP workshop, the paper-making workshop No.3, the laboratory and technical control department took part under the supervision of the Volga’s Process Engineering Service. The specialists of the BASF SE company conducted the startup and commissioning work and control under the TMP bleaching in high consistency beating.

 As a result, the stable indicators of the newsprint production process have been archived, but the bleaching agent consumption hasn’t exceeded the planned quantity. The improved newsprint batch, manufactured in compliance with the Volga’s technical requirements, had the higher brightness that made it different from the standard newsprint.

 The specialists of the Volga’s Process Engineering Service together with his foreign colleagues would coordinate the further test runs of the higher brightness newsprint that would continue till September that year.

2017-08-28 
DS Smith transforms the French funeral industry

DS Smith collaborates with abCrémation to launch ecologically and economically responsible cardboard coffins

DS Smith first started producing cardboard coffins for its customers more than 20 years ago. Over the last eight years, it has been working closely with abCrémation, a supplier of ecological cardboard coffins, to launch a model which meets stringent new requirements for coffins.

The new standards were imposed by the Ministry of Health and ANSES (France’s National Agency for food security, the environment and work). It decreed that all coffins used in cremations must meet rigorous standards validated through mechanical testing and climactic, atmospheric and specific emissions.

2017-08-28 
Niilo Pöyhönen appointed a Member of the Board of Kotkamills Oy

Mr. Niilo Pöyhönen M.Sc. Econ. has been appointed a Member of the Board of Kotkamills Oy, effective from August 1st, 2017.

Mr. Pöyhönen holds working experience of several decades in managerial positions in the board and packaging industries, lately in Pyroll Group and before that in Stora Enso. His vast knowledge of the board and packaging businesses, as well as wide knowledge of clientele, strengthens the competence of the consumer board business in the Board of Kotkamills Oy.

“We are very happy to obtain Niilo Pöyhönen’s unique experience to support Kotkamills’ future as a forerunner in the packaging board business”, states Chairman of the Board of Kotkamills Oy, Mr. Hannu Puhakka.

“It is great to be able to join Kotkamills team. The long awaited dispersion coated barrier board solutions of Kotkamills comprise a competitive and environmentally sound alternative to the traditional plastic-coated cup stock, board used for packing frozen food and other packaging board products. I believe that I will be able to help in launching these new solutions on the market”, says Niilo Pöyhönen.

2017-08-28 
Rottneros AB completes the financing of Agenda 500, issues bonds of SEK 400 million

In order to complete the financing of the strategic plan Agenda 500 and to achieve long-term efficiency of the Group’s capital structure, Rottneros AB (publ) (”Rottneros”) has issued senior unsecured bonds in the total amount of SEK 400 million with a tenor of 5 years to mainly Nordic institutional investors.

The bonds have a floating interest rate of STIBOR 3m + 4.15 percent and mature in September 2022. The bond framework amounts in total to SEK 600 million. Rottneros intends to apply for listing of the bonds on Nasdaq Stockholm.

Swedbank has acted as financial advisor and sole bookrunner of the issue and Vinge has been legal advisor to Rottneros.

2017-08-28 
Fibria’s new pulp mill in Três Lagoas (Brazil) starts operations ahead of schedule

Fibria, a Brazilian company that is the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, has advanced the operational startup of its new mill at Três Lagoas in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The company’s second pulp production line goes operational three weeks ahead of schedule, while originally slated for the first half of September.

The result of investments totaling R$7.5 billion, Fibria’s second mill in Três Lagoas will have production capacity of 1.95 million tons of eucalyptus pulp per year. Combined with the first unit, already operational in the city, the company will have a production capacity of 3.25 million tons of pulp/year, which makes Fibria’s operation in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul one of the largest pulp mills in the world. Including all other units of the company – Aracruz in Espírito Santo state, Jacareí in São Paulo state, and Eunápolis in Bahia state, where it operates Veracel – Fibria has total production capacity of 7.25 million tons of pulp/year, which consolidates its global leadership in the sector.

2017-08-28 
Valmet's technology in a key role at Metsä Group's newly started Äänekoski bioproduct mill

Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski was started up on August 15, 2017. Valmet’s delivery to the mill included a recovery boiler, pulp drying line, gasification plant, lime kiln, sulfuric acid plant, and mill-wide Valmet DNA automation system.

All the equipment delivered by Valmet represent the latest technology and are highly energy-efficient. The gasification technology and recovery boiler will maximize the use of bioenergy and make the pulp mill totally fossil fuel-free. The recovery boiler, pulp drying line and lime kiln are the largest in Europe.

The construction of the mill was started in April 2015. The project proceeded as planned and was started up exactly on schedule. Safety was one of the special focus areas in the project. Valmet also emphasized safety onsite with special HSE experts and in contractor cooperation. As a result, Valmet’s safety performance onsite was on a very good level for a project of this magnitude.

2017-08-28 

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